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Join us! Free Seminars Offer Education on Estate Planning and Ethical End-of-Life Care

Join us! Free Seminars Offer Education on Estate Planning and Ethical End-of-Life Care

Benjamin Franklin said that the only thing certain in life are death and taxes. Yet despite their certainty, both are topics that many people don’t take the time to plan for.

When it comes to estate planning, many people don’t know where to start. Or they have started, but their plans aren’t updated to account for new tax laws or new financial situations. And how can we ensure that our end-of-life care is consistent with our Catholic beliefs?

Immaculate Heart Radio wants to help take the confusion out of estate planning by offering free informational seminars that give you the education and tools to make the best decisions for your family.

Topics will include:

  • How significant changes in the tax laws in 2013 require any Trusts done from 1981 to 2012 to be amended.
  • Living trusts vs. wills
  • Probate—how can it be avoided
  • Income tax planning for IRA distributions
  • How to pay little or no capital gains tax on appreciated real estate and securities
  • Dispelling the myths about long term care, Medi-Cal & preserving your estate
  • Durable Powers of Attorney for finance and health, including healthcare planning consistent with Catholic bioethical principles
  •  How does ABX2 15 / End of Life Option Act impact your Estate Plan?
  •  Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts – how can they fit into your Estate Plan?

Our next free seminars will take place:

Tue, February 9, 2016—Sacramento
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Coloma Community Center, Nevada City Room
4623 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

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Wed, February 10, 2016—San Ramon
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Ramon Community Center, Alcosta Room
12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583

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Thu, February 11, 2016—Palo Alto
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center, Room A2
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Please respond by February 8th to reserve your seat(s).
RSVP to Immaculate Heart Radio with the name(s) of those planning to attend
Phone: 888-887-7120 or email:

About the Presenter:

Mark Drobny, a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California State Bar and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, is widely regarded as one of the region’s top experts on estate planning and related topics. Mr. Drobny has served on the boards of most major Northern California charities. Founder of Drobny Law Offices in 1989, he has practiced law for over 35 years and has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento Superior Court’s Probate division for more than a decade. Drobny Law Offices has offices in San Diego, Sacramento, Palo Alto, Stockton, and San Ramon. Mark is a practicing Catholic.

A return to tradition: Holy Thursday foot washing to include “all the people of God”

A return to tradition: Holy Thursday foot washing to include “all the people of God”

From the National Catholic Register:

Pope Francis’ decision to permit women to have their feet washed, and not those of only men, in the Holy Thursday mandatum liturgical ceremony is a return to an understanding of the rite that existed up until the middle of the 20th century, the Vatican has said.

On Jan. 21, the Vatican announced that the Holy Father had written a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, informing the cardinal that the Pope had decided to change the rite “after careful consideration.”

From now on, the decree stated, the rite will include “all the people of God.”

“What the Holy Father is doing in this new decree is returning to an understanding of the washing of the feet prior to Pius XII’s modification of the Holy Week ceremonies in 1955,” Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, told the Register Jan. 28.

From 1955, the tradition of the mandatum, which dates back to the earliest times of the Church, had been limited to men and became symbolic of Jesus’ washing the feet of the 12 apostles and the institution of the male priesthood.
“What has happened since then,” Archbishop Roche continued, “is that, because it was reserved to men, this was considered a sign of ordination.”

But he said that, prior to 1955, the feet of both female and male laypeople used to be washed; and in some dioceses, “the poor had their feet washed and their lives rehabilitated through the generosity of the local bishop.”

Read more at the National Catholic Register.